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Archives 06-11-2003






Police Department makes more arrests
Director places principals for upcoming school year
Phone scam attempted in Livingston


Police Department makes more arrests

Officers Jonathan Storie and Tim Poore, of Livingston Police Department, haul in one of several persons arrested during last Wednesday’s round-up.


Officers with Livingston Police Department and agents with Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, along with agents of the 13th Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, made 12 arrests on Wednesday, June 4.

The suspects, most of whom were brought in on drug charges, were recently indicted by the June term of Overton County Grand Jury.

After being booked at Livingston Police Department, the 12 were incarcerated at Overton County Jail.

Police Chief Roger Phillips said, "The sale of drugs in our communities is on the increase. Residential burglaries, along with petty theft, go hand in hand with the drug trade. Drug users often break into homes and steal property to fund their drug habit."

The following individuals were arrested:

Lisa M. Julian/a.k.a. Lisa Ann Wilson (Cookeville) – 14 counts Forgery, 14 counts Passing a Forged Instrument, and 14 counts Theft under $500.

John Lewis Bilbrey (Medlock Street, Livingston) Reckless Endangerment.

Rhonda R. Long (Puncheon Camp Road, Allred) – Possession Oxycodone Schedule II with Intent to Sell or Deliver.

Heather T. Hargis (Jamestown Highway, Alpine) – Possession Oxycodone Schedule II with Intent to Sell or Deliver.

Larry Sidwell (Hi-Tech Drive, Livingston) – Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Drug Tylox.

Roger D. Sidwell (Oakley Drive, Livingston) – Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Drug Oxycodone.

Mark A. Stover (Oakley Drive, Livingston) – Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Drug Oxycodone.

Irene Peek Flowers (Oakley Drive, Livingston) – Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Drug Oxycodone.

Teddy R. Bilbrey (Oakley Drive, Livingston) – Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Drug Oxycodone, Sale and Delivery of Schedule IV Drug Lorazepam, and Sale and Delivery of Schedule IV Drug Diazepam.

Reba June Cope/aka Reba June Flowers/aka Reba June Bilbrey (Doak Street, Livingston) – Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Drug Dilaudid.

Darrell Sidwell (East 7th Street, Livingston) – Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Drug Tylox, and Sale and Delivery of Schedule IV Drug Aplprozolam, Xanax.

Charles N. Cole (Eller Ridge Road, Cookeville) – 13 counts Statutory Rape.

The suspcets are to appear before Criminal Court Judge Lillie Ann Sells on Monday, June 16 at 9 a.m.


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Director places principals for upcoming school year


Overton County Director of Schools Bill Needham placed principals at their respective institutions of learning for the upcoming school year during the regularly scheduled School Board meeting on Tuesday, June 3.

Hired as principals for the 2003-2004 school year were Teresa Johnson at A.H. Roberts Elementary School, Marcia Johnson at Allons Elementary School, Matt Smith at Hilham Elementary School, Gary Ledbetter at Livingston Academy, Randal Dial at Livingston Middle School, Gary Beaty at R.E.A.C.H. Academy, Kevin Rhoten at Rickman Elementary School, and Harold Watson at Wilson Elementary School.

Needham also placed all currently employed tenured teachers, including those granted tenure at the May 6 board meeting, at their current locale for the 2003-2004 school year.

Other actions taken by the school director are as follows:

Paraprofessionals were hired for the 2003-2004 school year.

Curtis Hayes was hired as LMS football coach effective 2002-2003 school year.

Donna Elder was hired as a temporary secretary at A.H. Roberts.

Donna Adams, Donna Reid, Kristen Ramsey, and Monica Kemp were hired as non-certified substitute teachers.

Deborah Seber was hired as a substitute cook.

Susan Curtis was hired from part-time to full-time custodian.

Beth Smith was hired for 2 hours as a lunchroom monitor and 4 hours in custodial work.

Donna Maynord was hired for 4.5 hours of cafeteria work.

Gary Boles, Marjorie Phillips, Billie Akers, Heather Bowman, Vicky Phillips, Terry Webb, Shirley Myers, Kelly Grimes, Tim Copeland, Gail Martin, Jean Jolley, Roger Smith, Bonnie Stapp, and Robin Gaw were all hired for the Extended Learning Summer Program.

Cornetta Brown, Kathy Sullivan, Birdie Jackson, Glenna Guffey, Tonya Phillips, Patricia Reagan, Phyllis Robbins, Tonya Wright, and Dale King were hired for the summer nutrition program, with Pam Bowman hired as an alternate.

Christine Norrod and Sara Stockton were hired for the Early Childhood summer program effective from June 2 until July 31.

Carla Pierce’s request for maternity leave from August 4 through October 20 was approved.

In executive action, the low bid for digital cameras from Micro Warehouse at $269 each was approved. The low bid for digital video cameras from CDWG at $575 each was approved.

The low bid for LCD projectors from CDWG at $1,097 apiece was approved.

The low bid for Microsoft Office X Open License for Macs was approved from Apple Computer at $6,750 for a quantity of 150.

The low bid for Interwrite, board, pad, and stand from Nashville Media Services was approved at $2,695 each.

The request to expend over $5,000 to pay for new carpeting at Livingston Academy was approved.

In new business, the Board approved several new Federal Projects for the 2003-2004 school year: Title I, Part 1 A, Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged; Title II, Part A, Teacher and Principal Training and Recruitment; Title II, Part D, Enhancing Education Through Technology; Title IV, Part A, Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities; Title V, Part A, Innovative Programs; and Title VI, Part B, Subpart 2, Rural and Low Income School Program.

The Board also approved General Purpose School 2002-2003 Budget Amendment #3.

Local Amendment #16, or Vocational Carl Perkins 2003-01, was approved, as were Local Amendment #17, the Comprehensive Intervention Services grant 2003-01; Local Amendment #18, Character Education Grant 2003-01, or State Amendment #1; and Local Amendment #19, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Original Budget 2002-03.

Project S.E.E.K. 2003 Summer Enrichment Program was approved.

The Board approved requesting the state to approve a special course for Livingston Academy students called Communication through Technology.

With all matters taken care of, the meeting adjourned.


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Phone scam attempted in Livingston

Livingston Police Department has received a number of reports of a telephone scam that targets the elderly.

In the scam, the caller claims to be a bank employee and that a problem has been found with the customer’s account. The caller asks for the customer’s Social Security number and the last four digits of his or her checking account number.

Police Chief Roger Phillips said residents should not give their Social Security numbers, checking account number, or other such personal information unless they are fully aware of whom they are dealing with.

"This type of scam is on the increase," Chief Phillips said, "probably because of the economy."

The types of scams are more common in early spring and late fall.

Anyone receiving a call of this nature should report it to Livingston Police Department at (931) 823-6496.




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